Columns

Zamfara: The Gold ‘Armada’, By Dele Agekameh

The gold-inspired violence in Zamfara and the North-West is a multi-layered problem that combines issues of the economy, insecurity, border control, regional hegemony and politics. Any government response must factor in each of these issues for it to be robust and efficient. In the past couple of months, Zamfara State…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Life In the Mud and Dust In A Kakistocracy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) have been treating children suffering from lead poisoning in Zamfara since 2010. Unsafe mining and ore processing have been fingered as the root causes of the lead poisoning crisis in the State. Many Zamfara children have died, while others are going through the slow…
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Columns

A Season of ‘Banditry’, By Dele Agekameh

Our authorities have displayed a serious lack of foresight in dealing with security challenges, and the lack of local, pro-active and multi-institutional collaborative effort is at the root of the problem. For nearly a decade, the intensity of the Boko Haram insurgency has surged and waned in North-East Nigeria, between…
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Columns

Why Yari Should Take His Empty Seat Home, By Azu Ishiekwene

Apparently, the only punishment worse than meningitis was Yari’s election as governor. The offer of a virtually empty seat in Government House is not worth his redemption. Zamfara is not the only State under siege. Katsina State governor, Bello Masari, has also cried out; while in the North-East, Borno and…
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Columns

Zamfara Killings and Yari’s Politics of Survival, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...what is Yari’s staying power? Perhaps his capacity to be in the right place at the right time, knowing when to abandon a sinking ship, or subterfuge and even loyalty to a cause, who knows. The only thing that is certain is Yari’s inability and his failure to convert his…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Kleptocracy: What Are Treasury Looters Really Thinking?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

It is a crying shame that the Nigerian in a position of privilege steals so much money than he needs, can ever use or easily access! Even with the most lavish lifestyle, no one needs that much money in a The question is: Have these monies benefitted the heirs of…
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Columns

Why Nigeria Is Among the Greatest Countries In the World, By Yemi Osinbajo

When you look at the sheer size and the diversity of Nigeria, we have the potentials of becoming one of the truly great countries of the world and I think that with the hard-work that we are seeing and with the right leadership - leadership committed to the people, committed…
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Opinion

Yari, Meningitis and God: Addressing Nigeria’s Unique Hypocrisy, By ‘Tope Fasua

Nigeria needs good governance now or never. We just aren’t reasonable or responsible the way we’ve been carrying on. We cannot use our commonwealth to make politicians comfortable and then tell the people to pray to God for salvation when mere hospitals and clinics, a better life where basic amenities…
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